Dr. Mark Green, Kansas City podiatrist, explains how to keep your feet free from fungal infections in airport security lines.
It’s summertime and that can only mean one thing…time for summer vacations! This time of year has many people arriving at the airport ready to board their planes for exciting vacation destinations. We’ve all been through the security drill: remove your shoes and walk through the security scanners.
Most people are barefoot, opting for slip-on shoes or flip-flops these days to make the security screening process easier and faster. Have you ever slowed down to look at fellow passengers feet as they pass through security? If not, you should, or at least think about.
Stop and think about the statistics…
It is highly likely that you may be following in the path of someone who suffers from athlete’s foot. It is estimated that 1 in 5 people have athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a condition caused by fungus that grows between the toes and on the foot. The symptoms are dry, itchy and scaly skin. In extreme cases, blisters can form causing sores. Athlete’s foot is contagious and is usually thought to spread in places like pools and gyms, but walking anywhere barefoot can leave you susceptible.
Toenail fungus is also something you expose yourself to as you walk barefoot through security. It is estimated that 14% of adults have toenail fungus. That number soars up to 40% for seniors. Toenail fungus is contagious just like athlete’s foot. Toenail fungus treatment options including topical anti-fungal medication, oral medication or laser treatment all available at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.
So what can you do to prevent getting athlete’s foot or toenail fungus? Consider wearing socks as you shuffle through security. Nobody likes the idea of wearing socks and sandals, but consider carrying an extra pair of socks with you and slipping them on before you go barefoot through security. This one extra step may save you from a serious case of athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
If you have athlete’s foot and/or toenail fungus, call Kansas City Foot and Ankle. Our foot specialists will provide you with the best treatment options available for clearing up stubborn infections.
Enjoy your summer vacation and let’s hope that athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are not the mementos you end up bring back.